Hit and run in Queens leaves 4-year-old boy in critical condition after being hit by off-road motorcycle
4-year-old boy is in critical condition after being hit by an off-road motorcycle in a hit-and-run after rushing between two cars in a Queens parking lot
- Illegal off-road motorcycle hits boy on Sunday at Flushing Meadows Corona Park Boathouse
- Johnathan Beauchamp rushed to Cohen Children’s Medical Center with severe head injury
- Mountain bikes are illegal in New York, but locals say two-wheeled vehicles ‘come and go’
- City councilor proposes a fine of $ 750 for the first offense, $ 1,500 for the second
A four-year-old boy is in critical condition after a mountain bike hit him on Sunday at the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Boathouse parking lot in Queens, New York.
Johnathan Beauchamp was in the boathouse parking lot with his parents just before 6 p.m. when he ran out of between two parked cars.
A biker on an illegal off-road motorcycle then struck the child and did not stop.
Johnathan Beauchamp suffered a severe head trauma after the biker hit him on Sunday. He receives treatment at Cohen Children’s Medical Center
Police are investigating the hit and run incident, which took place at Flushing Meadows Corona Park Boathouse parking lot
This footage shows the ubiquitous problem that off-road motorcycles have become in New York City as groups ride illegal motorcycles on the streets
Beauchamp was rushed to Cohen Children’s Medical Center with severe head trauma.
“The dirt bikes were coming and going, there was so much going on, we didn’t realize anyone had been hit until the ambulance arrived,” witness Harold Hadalgo told ABC 7.
In May, the NYPD announced a crackdown on illegal vehicles across the city. On Monday, the NYPD’s 110th Ward, which covers the park, tweeted:
“Recent collisions with illegal off-road motorcycle and ATV riders have resulted in fatalities and serious injuries. These motor vehicles are illegal and should not be used on New York City roads. If you drive these illegal dirt bikes and ATVs, they will be confiscated and you will be arrested.
“The NYPD has been very aggressive. If we’re there, it’s immediately illegal. It’s just not allowed in New York and we’re going to literally destroy them and send a message to the people, ”Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
Residents recently called on elected officials to increase penalties for those who illegally drive dirt bikes and ATVs.
Officers are not allowed to chase people in these vehicles, but they usually follow runners and wait for them at gas stations.
Officials said eight people were killed and 350 injured by illegal bicycles during the first quarter of this year.
Mark Gjonaj, a member of the Bronx Democratic City Council, is proposing a bill to increase penalties to $ 750 for first-time offenders and $ 1,500 for repeat offenders.
Gjonaj added that the vehicles were linked to several crimes in the city, including a hijacking and a shootout on the George Washington Bridge by a group of bikers last week, NY1 reports.
“It becomes a weapon and a means of escape, knowing that no one will chase you.” The image it really presents is that we are in a city of anarchy, ”said Gjonaj.
No arrests have yet been made in the Beauchamp incident.